Ethiopia drafts bill to amend excise tax law on alcoholic and soft beverages

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance has presented a bill to the Council of Ministers to amend the nation’s excise tax law in an effort to standardise taxation of alcoholic products, soft beverages and other […]

Rwanda, Uganda ban seven suspended Kenyan peanut butter brands

EAST AFRICA – In the wake of suspension of seven peanut butter brands from the Kenyan market by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) on 4th November 2019, the Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and […]

Malawi Bureau of Standards lifts ban on the use of tartrazine as a food additive

MALAWI – Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has lifted the ban on the use of food additive tartrazine that was being used in production of beverages such as squashes, cordials and other flavoured drinks. The […]

Kenya Revenue Authority introduces new excise tax on non-alcoholic beverages

KENYA – Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will be introducing new excise taxes on the non-alcoholic beverage which is expected to in turn increase the price of bottled water by an average sh.7 per litre. The […]

Zimbabwe bans importation of cloven livestock from South Africa over viral disease outbreak

ZIMBABWE – The government of Zimbabwe has suspended importation of live cloven-hoofed animals and related products from South Africa following a notification by the South African Veterinary Authorities of an outbreak of foot and mouth […]

Kenyan Standard body suspends supply of seven peanut butter brands over aflatoxins contamination

KENYA – Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government’s standards agency has suspended seven peanut butter brands from the Kenyan market following test results undertaken by the agency which signified high level of Aflatoxin than […]

South Africa publishes new meat processing regulations to curb listeriosis outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s new regulations set to curb outbreak of listeriosis published by the Department of Trade and Industry now give effect to the guidelines for the processed meat industry as laid out […]

Coca-Cola to stock competitors’ products – directs Competition Authority of Kenya

KENYA – Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) wants Coca-Cola Sabco East Africa, subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to open up its distribution channels to competitors as one of the conditions following the authority’s approval of […]

Rwanda becomes the first African country to ban all single-use plastics

RWANDA – Rwanda becomes the first country in East Africa to issue a complete ban on all single-use plastics a move that goes hand in hand with the country’s commitment of environmental protection. Single-use plastics […]